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Hound of Heaven, The

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James Syler

James Syler

General Info

Year: 1988 / 1993
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: James Syler
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00   |   Score Only - $60.00


Full Score
Piccolo (doubling Flute III)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Solo Antiphonal B-flat Trumpet
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Cello (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-tam, large)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (large)
  • Triangle (2)
  • Tubular Bells (or Chimes)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This program symphony in six movements is based on the poem of the same name by British poet Francis Thompson. It features a solo antiphonal trumpet and an eclectic use of style to emphasize the poem's drama. Minimalism, 12-tone writing, post-romanticism, tonality and atonality exist side by side and are held together by the works melodic throughline. This is an extended serious work for mature ensembles.

-Program Note by composer


  • National Band Association William D. Revelli Award 1993, winner
  • Arnald Gabriel Award 1993, winner


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Washburn University (Topeka, Kan.) Wind Ensemble (Mark A. Norman, conductor) - 26 March 2012 (CBDNA 2012 Southwestern Division Conference, Austin, Tx.)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • James Syler website
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 500-505.
  • Syler, J. (1993). The Hound of Heaven [score]. Ballerbach: San Antonio, Tx.